Lynn S 6092

Durham | 50-64 | Female
About:  Longtime theatre arts teacher; director and performer in community theater. Passionate about Broadway musicals. I visit NYC a couple of times a year to take them all in.
Reviews (30)
80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Sad
June 6th, 2018

See it if you want a show with fantastic singing, acting, and dancing.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a show that can’t resolve its seeming acceptance of spousal abuse.

Also Everyone wondered how this show would deal with the fact that its lead... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny
June 6th, 2018

See it if You’re a fan of the film, if you are in that youth demographic, or if you’re a fan of Tina Fey.

Don't see it if You like shows with more nuanced characters, more memorable songs, and shorter seat time.

Also Some of the songs were great, but not enough of them were. The charact... Read more Read less

73
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Confusing, Dizzying, Entertaining
June 6th, 2018

See it if you love farce and insane, fast-paced comedy.

Don't see it if farce is not your cup of tea, or if you look for coherence in a storyline.

Also The staging was incredible, and it really felt like the actors were in... Read more Read less

68
Great singing, Disappointing, Slow
June 4th, 2018

See it if Entertaining for kids.

Don't see it if you want a trim, swiftly-moving show.

Also Much of the new material seemed designed to just stretch out the show.... Read more Read less

94
Great staging, Intense, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing
February 8th, 2018

See it if your recipe for theatre includes 1) a masterful Sondheim score sung by talented performers, 2) immersive, engaging staging, 3) great pie!

Don't see it if you are frightened easily. This one is kind of bloody and intense!

Also Having seen the original Sweeney Todd in its huge factory setting, I w... Read more Read less

68
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated
February 8th, 2018

See it if you want to take your kids to a show, are a fan of the cartoon, like colorful and clever staging, or just want to escape.

Don't see it if you want something with a little more substance when you see a show.

Also I went based on recommendations and reviews. True, I'd never seen the ... Read more Read less

96
Exquisite, Intelligent, Resonant, Romantic, Refreshing
February 8th, 2018

See it if you want to be immersed in another world with characters and music that will haunt you for days after.

Don't see it if you go to shows for flash and effects or you need lots of action. The action is interior.

Also I didn't know what to expect going in, but I was so drawn into the wor... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful
February 8th, 2018

See it if you love storytelling and joyous singing in a fabulous setting.

Don't see it if it bothers you that the story seems to advocate for the sacrifice of dark-skinned people to save light-skinned ones.

91
Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Epic, Must see
August 10th, 2017

See it if You want to be amazed by spectacle or are a fan of the movie.

Don't see it if The story of another Disney character losing a parent is too upsetting for you. Seriously, see it anyway.

Also The puppetry is breathtaking! The Circle of Life gives me goosebumps j... Read more Read less

82
Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Dizzying, Enchanting, Absorbing
August 10th, 2017

See it if You love magic and spectacle, along with a twist on a traditional tale. You are into stories about female empowerment.

Don't see it if Strong female characters don't interest you.

87
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great dancing, Raunchy
August 10th, 2017

See it if You love witty, dark shows with clever performances and splashy dancing.

Don't see it if You don't care for shows with a lot of dance.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Inspiring
August 10th, 2017

See it if You are a Carole King fan or like stories about female empowerment. You love the music of the 60s & 70s. You want a safe, but good choice.

Don't see it if You are a misogynist? You hate pop music?

Also I expected this to be a bland jukebox musical, but the storyline was e... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Relevant, Refreshing
August 10th, 2017

See it if You want to be both moved and entertained, and believe that people have the right to be who they are, not conform to societal expectations.

Don't see it if You are threatened by seeing strong, sympathetic portrayals of non-heterosexual characters.

78
Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Disappointing, Spectacle
August 10th, 2017

See it if You love stage magic and spectacle.

Don't see it if You want to care about any of the characters in the show.

79
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great singing
August 10th, 2017

See it if You like edgy, intellectual shows with lots of audience interaction. You want to eat pierogies and shake an egg.

Don't see it if Keeping up with multiple characters, & Russian social conventions is a bit too much for you, or if you like things a bit more conventional.

67
Amelie
Midtown W
Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious, Uneven, Forgettable
August 10th, 2017

See it if You were a fan of the film and want to see how they manage to transform it for stage.

Don't see it if You want to still be thinking about the show a day after seeing it.

Also Some of the tricks (such as the goldfish) used to bring the movie to l... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Dizzying
August 10th, 2017

See it if You were a fan of the movie or of dark comedy. Also, if you love really inventive, dazzling staging.

Don't see it if You want a too-faithful adherence to the movie and want to see a Bill Murrayesque performance.

Also Andy Karl is a treasure and his energetic performance deserves the pra... Read more Read less

88
Heartbreaking, Emotional, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing
August 10th, 2017

See it if You are interested in teen problems and the impact of social media in today's world. You enjoy shows about parent-child relationships.

Don't see it if You don't have waterproof mascara.

Also The show is intense, and a guaranteed tear-jerker. I cried throughout,... Read more Read less

97
Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing, Emotional, Uplifting
August 10th, 2017

See it if You want to feel better about mankind and the world, or if you refuse to give up hope even in dire circumstances.

Don't see it if You prefer darkly dramatic work or if you just can't get past the idea of an uplifting musical set in the aftermath of 9/11.

Also I was dubious about the subject matter, but heard so many great things... Read more Read less

97
Enchanting, Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging
August 10th, 2017

See it if You want to experience the pure joy of theatre: the perfect marriage of music, performances, sets, costumes, and yes, personality.

Don't see it if You prefer to be dour and cynical.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Charming, Great singing
May 31st, 2016

See it if You enjoy tuneful, romantic, and old-fashioned (in the best sense) musicals about everyday people searching for love in a chilly world.

Don't see it if You are looking for glitz and edginess.

83
Bright Star
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Great singing
May 31st, 2016

See it if You enjoy music influenced by bluegrass and folk elements, and like stories that are sentimental and from the heart.

Don't see it if You are a hard-to-touch cynic.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great kid musicians, Energetic, Loud
May 31st, 2016

See it if You are a sucker for talented kids and a show that is nonstop energy.

Don't see it if Your ears are sensitive to loud music.

89
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Fluffy
May 31st, 2016

See it if You are a fan of satire and zany musicals.

Don't see it if You aren't up on other musicals, as you may miss the many inside jokes and references scattered throughout.

Also Over time I have come more and more to appreciate the zany comedy and ... Read more Read less

90
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent
May 31st, 2016

See it if You are interested in well-acted drama (but also very funny in parts) that is rooted in real-world, tragic events.

Don't see it if You don't really care about what goes on in other parts of the world.

75
Slow, Disappointing, Intense, Resonant, Great singing
May 31st, 2016

See it if You want to see amazing women bring down the house through powerful vocals.

Don't see it if Stories about God and faith don't appeal.

94
Hilarious, Quirky, Must see, Entertaining, Clever
May 31st, 2016

See it if You appreciate satire.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by satire and explicit language.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic, Great staging
May 31st, 2016

See it if You are open to a groundbreaking new approach to theatre, or if you are interested in history.

Don't see it if you are just going because it's a smash hit, but you have no idea that some of it will not be traditional music-theater music.

90
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great dancing, Great singing
May 31st, 2016

See it if You want to see current Broadway legends pay tribute to past Broadway legends.

Don't see it if You have no interest in exploring issues of race and bigotry.

79
Romantic, Entertaining, Resonant, Refreshing, Great singing
May 31st, 2016

See it if you are fan of Sara Bareilles and appreciate great singing.

Don't see it if you want everything to be rainbows and happy endings.